The Bosphorus Brewing Company was set up by expat owners, Philip and Jean Hall, after they started missing the 'proper beer' of England. At the time it was only Istanbul's second micro-brewery and it has gained many fans, both local and expat, since opening in 2012. Inside there are dark wood interiors, with cozy bar stools that achieve the feeling of a village pub in the UK and offers a comfortable spot for families and expats despite its slightly obscure location. Nestled into a corner of the busy interchange between Gayrettepe and Mecidiyeköy, it is also often popular as an after-work stop off for the many expats living and working in the neighborhood.
The homemade beers such as the stout, IPA and locally named Haliç Gold, are all brewed in house and available to sample from a tasting menu or by the traditional pint. They are arguably the main attraction here, but there is also a very good food menu offering great British and Turkish dishes. Pub classics such as the excellent Ploughman's Platter, with homemade apple chutney, chicken paté, real cheddar cheese, cherry tomatoes, pickles, and toast are the perfect accompaniment to a good pint. For something heartier there is also lamb curry, bangers and mash (made with beef sausages) and köfte (Turkish meatballs).
A quickly established favorite among many expats, the Bosphorus Brewery pub is just the place for an after-work drink or to have a late-night catch up with friends. In the summer months the outdoor seating area is packed and lively, and the animated buzz of conversation from the newly liberated workers, goes some way to drown out the sound of the city traffic and transports you to a good old British beer garden.
Ploughman's Platter, with homemade apple chutney, chicken pate, real cheddar cheese, cherry tomatoes, pickles, and toast
Any of the home brewed beers